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June 2019

Newport Beach Public Library Children’s Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program encourages children to read and parents to read to their young children Readers earn prizes and enjoy fun weekly crafts and entertainment events at the following Newport Beach Library locations.

Dates:
Saturday, June 22 - Saturday, August 10
Cost:
Free

Laguna Art-A-Fair Fine Art Festival

Celebrate art with over 100 fine artists and artisans at the Laguna Art-A-Fair, which features art demonstrations and workshops for kids, live entertainment and food and drink.

Dates:
Friday, June 28 - Sunday, September 1
Location:
Laguna Art-A-Fair, 7777 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost:
$7 – $9

Nighttime Zoo at San Diego Zoo

As the days get longer, guests can take advantage of extended zoo hours to join in all the fun of Nighttime Zoo’s special activities, evening festivities and live entertainment.

Dates:
Friday, June 28 @ 9:00 am - Monday, September 2 @ 9:00 pm
Location:
San Diego Zoo, 920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, 92101

Sawdust Art & Craft Festival

Guests are invited to shop along sawdust-covered paths in a hand-built village of fine art and eclectic craftsmanship.

Dates:
Friday, June 28 @ 10:00 am - Sunday, September 1 @ 10:00 pm
Location:
Sawdust Art Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost:
$4 – $9

July 2019

40 Days of Fun at Kidspace

Kidspace is celebrating 40 years with 40 Days of FUN! Parents can relive childhood memories of summer with spontaneous play alongside their children.

Dates:
Saturday, July 6 - Friday, August 16
Location:
Kidspace Children’s Museum, 480 North Arroyo Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Cost:
Included with admission.

Columbia Memorial 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing in Downey

You’re family is invited to the Space Center, the birthplace of the Apollo, to commemorate the moon landing. Activities include: Apollo Summer Camps in July; rocket launch world record attempt, July 16; NASA Day, July 19, including free admission; Apollo 11 Landing Day celebration, July 20 and more!

Dates:
Sunday, July 14 - Wednesday, July 24
Location:
Columbia Memorial Space Center, 12400 Columbia Way
Downey, CA 90242

Circus Vargas Comes to Torrance

Celebrate Circus Vargas’ 50th anniversary extravaganza bringing acrobats, daredevils and a flying trapeze for two unforgettable hours of nonstop action and adventure. Coming soon to Chino Hills, Woodland Hills, Laguna Hills and Torrance.

Dates:
Friday, July 19 - Sunday, July 28
Location:
Cost:
$15 – $72

Disney’s The Little Mermaid in Long Beach

The musical adaptation of Disney’s classic film takes you on an adventure from a magical kingdom beneath the sea to a palace in the human world as the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, searches for love. Irresistible songs include "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."

Dates:
Friday, July 19 @ 8:00 am - Sunday, July 21 @ 5:00 pm
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Location:
Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CSULB, 6200 E Atherton St.
Long Beach,

Orange County Fair 2019

The annual OC Fair offers 23 days and nights of fun! Check out barns full of animals, zany and delish food, concerts under the stars, midway games and rides, action-packed sports, acres of shopping and more.

Dates:
Saturday, July 20 @ 11:00 am - Sunday, July 21 @ 12:00 am
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Location:
OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Cost:
$7 – $14

Creature Camp Out at the Los Angeles Zoo

Camp overnight at the zoo! Grab your sleeping bags and flashlights and settle in to listen to the nighttime sounds of the zoo. The experience includes guided evening and morning tours of the Zoo, interactive activities, a nighttime snack, and live animal presentations. Continental breakfast is also provided.

Dates:
Saturday, July 20 @ 6:30 pm - Sunday, July 21 @ 10:00 am
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Location:
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Cost:
$85

Fullerton Libraries Summer Reading Program

Readers are invited to keep track of their time spent reading, and earn prizes! Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers can join the Over the Moon Summer Read-to-Me Club with parents and caregivers sharing library books with their young children.

Dates:
Sunday, July 21
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Location:
Fullerton Main Library, 353 W. Commonwealth
Fullerton, CA 92832
Cost:
Free

Fairies vs. Trolls at South Coast Botanic Garden

The magical competition is brewing once again at South Coast Botanic Garden — who will win, Team Fairies or Team Trolls? This time our magical Garden residents are throwing a Jamboree in honor of the games! You are invited to attend, that is, if you can find the super-secret location.

Dates:
Sunday, July 21
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Location:
South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd.
Palos Verdes Peninsula,
Cost:
Included in admission.

Summer Reading Challenge at Orange County Public Libraries

OC Public Libraries (OCPL) invites readers of all ages to participate in the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge - It’s Showtime At Your Library! Earn points for reading and completing fun activities and collect badges along the way. All ages can participate.

Dates:
Sunday, July 21
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Cost:
Free

Nighttime Zoo at San Diego Zoo

As the days get longer, guests can take advantage of extended zoo hours to join in all the fun of Nighttime Zoo’s special activities, evening festivities and live entertainment.

Dates:
Sunday, July 21
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Location:
San Diego Zoo, 920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, 92101

Outings Ideas for Today

Looking for places to go with your family today? Find everything from animal encounters and family fun centers to splash pads and water parks. 

Dates:
Sunday, July 21
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West Side Story in Garden Grove

From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Shakespeare's timeless classic story of Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the American “Jets” and the Puerto Rican “Sharks.”

Dates:
Sunday, July 21
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Location:
GEM Theatre, 12852 Main St.
Garden Grove,
Cost:
$20 – $45

Knott’s Summer Nights

After the sun goes down, Knott’s Summer Nights livens up the night with a nighttime party that offers numerous ways to celebrate the outdoor festivities as live music, food and family-friendly games take over the Knott’s midway, June 7th – August 11th.

Dates:
Sunday, July 21
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Location:
Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, 90620

Sleeping Beauty in Long Beach

The King and Queen have a new baby, Princess Briar-Rose! When the bad witch isn’t invited to the christening she sets a terrible curse on the poor young princess. Sixteen years later, it’s up to Prince Alexander to come to Briar-Rose’s rescue.

Dates:
Sunday, July 21
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Location:
CSULB University Theatre, 1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
Cost:
Visit website for price.

Free Family Concerts in LA County

Family-friendly concerts will be held in parks, outdoor amphitheaters, community centers, libraries and museums throughout LA County featuring a variety of artists performing all genres.

Dates:
Sunday, July 21
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Cost:
Free

The Lion King in Hollywood

Journey to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival.

Dates:
Sunday, July 21
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Location:
El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Cost:
$13 – $26

Great Park Chess Tournament at OC Great Park

Chess players (ages 6-18) are invited to challenge their minds at the Great Park Chess Tournament. All boards and sets will be provided. Non-rated players and rated players are invited to test their skills and compete for a chance to win medals and trophies.

Dates:
Sunday, July 21 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location:
Orange County Great Park, 8000 Great Park Blvd.
Irvine, 92618
Cost:
$30

U-Pick Melon Tours at Tanaka Farms

Take a guided wagon ride around the farm, stop at different areas and try different summer fruits and vegetables, and finally step into the melon patch to sample delicious homegrown melon, then take one of your own home!

Dates:
Sunday, July 21 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Location:
Tanaka Farms, 5380 3/4 University Drive
Irvine, 92612
Cost:
$22

Kayaking the Upper Newport Bay

The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a tour of the Upper Newport Bay every Saturday and Sunday morning year-round. Trained naturalists conduct water tours that begin with a quick lesson on how to paddle and then lead participants into the Ecological Reserve.

Dates:
Sunday, July 21 @ 10:00 am
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Location:
Newport Bay Conservancy, 2301 University Drive
Newport Beach,
Cost:
$12.50 – $25

Kayak Harbor Tour

Join a two-hour interactive summer tour around the Dana Point Harbor. Learn about the history of the harbor and its unique ecosystem. All experience levels, ages 12+, are welcome.

Dates:
Sunday, July 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location:
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point,

Western Music Showcase at the Autry

Join musicians and cowboy poets as they perform stories and songs of the romantic Old West, contemporary music of the American West, and songs of the open range and the American cowboy.

Dates:
Sunday, July 21 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Location:
The Autry, 4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Cost:
Included in admission.

Parents and Kids Cooking Class at Prep Kitchen

Prep's Kids' Classes are not like other kids classes where they pass around a bowl and a whisk and each kid gets to take turns stirring. At Prep, kids make everything from scratch from handmade pasta to salads to French macarons, whatever is on the menu, the kids make it!

Dates:
Sunday, July 21 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location:
PREP Kitchen Essentials, 12207 Seal Beach Blvd.
Seal Beach, CA 90740
Cost:
$89

Adventure Sail in Dana Point

Set sail aboard the schooner Spirit of Dana Point and experience California from the perspective of an early tallship explorer. Join the crew to help raise sail, handle lines, and steer the ship, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the majesty of sailing the seas.

Dates:
Sunday, July 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Location:
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point,
Cost:
$40 – $60

Kidical Mass Bike Ride in Long Beach

Hop on your bikes for this monthly all-ages, three-mile neighborhood ride through Bixby Knolls. Families with younger kids can use a trailer, cargo bike or child’s bike seat. Bring a friend, and don't forget your helmets. Riders return to Georgie’s Place where they're treated to complimentary ice cream and have the opportunity to buy lunch.

Dates:
Sunday, July 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Location:
Georgie’s Place, 3850 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90807
Cost:
Visit website for cost.

Dana Point Summer Concert Series

The Dana Point Summer Concert Series features two bands an event with BBQ food and beverages available to purchase. Bring a blanket, or low back lawn chair, and get your groove on!

Dates:
Sunday, July 21 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Location:
Sea Terrace Park, Pacific Coast Hwy & Niguel Road
Dana Point, CA 92629
Cost:
Free
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